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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jan 10, 2006 7:43am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD vs. PL&F

I've heard virtually all of the Grateful Dead music and I've been to a couple of Phil shows and I've heard my share of "Friends" shows...not to quantify my fandom, but only to say that I have at least listened to enough of both to form an educated opinion. Garcia was more than the lead singer and guitarist, he was the "personality" of the music. His voice, his style, his guitar tone, all of that made the Grateful Dead for me...and quite honestly, as went Garcia so went the Grateful Dead...when he was on he could drive the music to soaring heights of improvisational genius, or just simply play some right on riffs with a trademark turn of phrase...perhaps Phil and Company have achieved a certain 'consistency" that had been lacking, but I'd still take the very best of the Grateful Dead over any cover version...God Bless em for still playing though

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jan 26, 2006 5:38am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD vs. PL&F

Funny how we think about these things. PL&F plays some fiery stuff...but the old smoke isn't there. The essence of it...those unbelievable moments of inspiration just don't seem to come. With Jerry, it was a like a neighborhood garage band and on the right night some very magical things could happen...not always, but often enough to wait patiently for it. They didn't always meet our expectations, but when they exceeded them it was an out-of-body experience. Risk and reward can be a very addictive thing...and the Dead knew it fully, inviting us along to witness either a crash and burn or a soaring adventure. Seen both many a time. At minimum, Phil is bringing along some younger and appreciative musicians that will keep the muse alive and give our kids a taste.

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Poster: OffbeatA Date: Jan 26, 2006 6:46am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD vs. PL&F

If you want you kids to get a taste of the GD, then send them to see DSO. Phil & friends butchers the beautiful sound of the Grateful Dead. Best shows after Jerry were in 2003. At least with all those players it was more like a tribute to the music of Hunter & Garcia.

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Poster: lastcall Date: Jan 10, 2006 8:46am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: GD vs. PL&F

yep.